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Sherlock – The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures

Über 2500 Ergebnisse erhält, wer bei Amazon nach Arthur Conan Doyle und Sherlock Holmes sucht. Weshalb also noch eine weitere englischsprachige Ausgabe? Die Lust, besonders schöne Bücher zu machen, kann es nicht gewesen sein, die die Herausgeber bewogen haben zwei Bände unter dem Titel „Sherlock – The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle“ als BBC Books zu veröffentlichen. Denn wie oft bei englischen Büchern ist weder die Qualität des Papiers noch die des Layouts – hin und wieder scheint der Text entweder gesperrt oder spationiert zu sein, damit er eine Zeile ausfüllt – das entscheidende Kaufkriterium. Doch die Titelbilder machen klar, dass es hier um den Kultfaktor geht, den die britische BBC-Serie „Sherlock“ unter Fans hat und diese Fans sind es auch, die die Macher als Käufer und Leser im Visier haben.

„Impossible not to love.“

Die Produzenten, Drehbuchschreiber und Erfinder des modernen Sherlock, Steven Moffat und Mark Gatiss, haben ihre Lieblingsgeschichten um den größten Detektiv aller Zeiten gesammelt und ihnen jeweils eine kurze Einleitung vorangestellt. Und allein diese Einführungen sind trotz der Kürze wunderbar witzig und ironisch, aber auch gleichzeitig kenntnisreich. „Die Geschichte macht zwar nicht wirklich Sinn, sie ist aber atemberaubend frech, stimmungsvoll und furchterregend.“ („It makes no real sense but it’s breathtakenly cheeky, atmospheric and scary.“) schreiben die Autoren der Einleitung beispielsweise über „Das gesprenkelte Band“ („The Adventure of the Speckled Band“) und finden, dass man „Der blaue Karfunkel“ („The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle“) einfach „lieben muss“ („Impossible not to love.“). Einiges, was in „Eine Frage der Identität“ („A Case of Identity“) auftaucht, haben die beiden für ihre Sherlock-Version verwendet und wenn man so will, eine Art Perlenpickerei („small gems“) betrieben.

Dass in der Fernsehserie zum Teil wörtliche oder abgewandelte Zitat aus einer der Originalgeschichten verwendet werden, merkt man freilich nur dann, wenn man den Kanon kennt. Oder doch zumindest die Geschichten, die Steven Moffat und Mark Gatiss als solche ausgemacht und in den beiden Bänden vorgelegt haben. Die insgesamt 19 Kurzgeschichten sind  auch ideal für Sherlock-Fans, die sich Arthur Conan Doyles Original nähern wollen, denn sie sollen schlichtweg Begleiter der BBC-Serie sein. Wer schon diverse Ausgaben im Regal stehen hat, wird sich über vergleichsweise günstige Buchzuwächse freuen. Dank der Buchcover, die Promo-Fotos zur Erstausstrahlung der vierten Sherlock-Staffel zieren, sind diese beiden Bände aber für Sherlock-Fans schon fast Pflicht.

Foto: Petra Breunig

Foto: Petra Breunig

 

 

The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures, zwei Bände, BBC Books/Penguin, jeweils ca 8 Euro

Benedict Cumberbatch: I am a very lucky man

Over the last couple of years Benedict Cumberbatch gained lots of fans, especially women. Whether or not his wife is jealous of them,  the British actor, who in the last two years alone appeared in five films, reveals in this interview.  Additionally he  takes over the role as Sherlock Holmes on telly on a regular basis. The last episode of the fourth series aired on Sunday, 11th June on German broadcaster ARD.

Question: Besides your job you and your wife Sophie have to care for your two year old son Christopher and your new born son Hal. Isn’t this situation a bit too stressful?
Benedict Cumberbatch: It’s not stressful, it’s a blessing. It’s unbelievable that I’m offered roles at all. And that I am able to choose which one I want to take, that they are so different from one another and that people seem to like those films – this is something you simply can’t expect at all.

Have you ever imagined that the series would be such a huge success? What makes your version of Sherlock Holmes so popular?
I had not the faintest idea. Maybe it’s good we don’t do more episodes. Fans are more keen on what will happen and we do always look fresh and relaxed (laughs). Seriously, I do think that all figures in the series have their very special weaknesses or failures. The audience can accept them more easily.

The finale of series four is about to air (in Germany when this interview was first published). What was the best thing that happend on set?
Definitely Toby, the bloodhound of the first (it says “last” in the German version) episode. That damn dog wouldn’t move while filming because it turned out he hates asphalt and humans. He was trained in the countryside. It was a real comedy getting him to move.

As Holmes you almost have a romantic relationship with your coat (it says ‘cloak’ in the German version but you know about cloaks). Is there any private …?
… clothing I have an romantic  relationship? (laughs) Would be cool if I said I have a favourite blanket I’m carrying around since childhood, wouldn’t it? But there is nothing at all. My clothes are very boring, mostly one colour and I prefer silver, grey and blue.

Fans don’t think you are boring. You achieved cult status.
It’s something I never longed for. But it’s part of the job of being an actor.  Biggest problems I have with the pun some of my very intelligent, witty and creative female fans are playing with my name.

You’re hinting at the name “Cumberbitches” they gave themselves?
Yes, it’s a bit of self humiliating. I have made it quite clear that I would be more happy with a slightly different version of that name. But in the end everyone is free to decide which name to choose for oneself.

What about your wife? Isn’t she jealous of all the female fans?
Sophie loves me and is proud of my work. That’s all that matters. We are made for each other and fit together perfectly. That’s why she has no problems with all the stuff that’s going on. She’s a very strong and confident woman. I am a very lucky man.

How are you dealing with all the fame?
I ignore it and am trying to enjoy all the wonderful moments I can live through as an actor. It’s very easy to be dragged away by all the fuzz that’s made up around your person. That’s why it’s so important for me to have family and friends I know for a very long time. They keep me grounded.

You seem to be very self-confident.
Problem is self-confidence often is taken for arrogance. I’m a man with some short-comings.

That is?
Well, I do like tech gadgets but I’m not really good with them. I’m just an ordinary user who gets screwed up if something doesn’t work.

Do you always have your phone at hand?
Only for my job. Because I would loose out on all my appointments. When I’m at home, I don’t want to know anything of this.

What are you up to when you are at home?
First I’m changing into something very comfy. There’s nothing more wonderful than watching a great film crawled up on the sofa in front of your fireplace. But more often I’m reading a book. That calms me down.

Are you into sports?
Not in any studio. I like hiking in nature or walking through a park to clear my brain. Music helps me.

What is your favourite music?
Everything. Most of all I like songs getting me to think because they cover everything that goes wrong in this world. Just like Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch”. That songs touches my soul.

What should we do to make the world a better place?
It’s up to everyone to decide if or if not to make a difference. I’m working with an organisation called “Liberty” backing human rights in the UK. We’re trying to support people who are discriminated because of their origin, colour or religion.

You’re 40 now. Do you look back to your 20s nostalgically?
Not at all. The older I get, the happier I get with my life. I love my wonderful life, now more than ever, together with my family and the fantastic people surrounding me. I’m very much looking forward forward to what may lie ahead.

 

The German version of this interview was originally published online here.  My translation is published with the friendly permission of the author.

Sherlock: The Six Thatchers

The new year brought new Sherlock. And as always  the fans gathered round telly or any internet device to watch the first episode of series 4, “The Six Thatchers”. Written by Mark Gatiss this episode started where we left the beloved figures at the end of “His Last Vow” (or is it “The Abominable Bride”?):  Sherlock, trying to fight his addiction, John and Mary, the soon-to-be parents, and Mycroft as dapper and clever as ever.  But of course there is the Christmas special “The Abominable Bride” that first aired last year, and despite the fact that the creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss wanted us fans to believe it is a stand alone film, it isn’t. So aren’t the previous series.

That’s why “The Six Thatchers” is a totally new twist for the series as a whole and for Sherlock in particular. You see the only consulting detective in familiar scenes in flashbacks (confusing for newbies, a feast for fans) and you see him coping with new situations  and new figures – a baby only being one of them. Of course this changes him, it has to, just because Sherlock is human, no matter what he made anyone believe so far and  a very caring one as this episode unfolds. This doesn’t mean he stops being that high functioning sociopath (with your number). He is as rude and clever as ever. And he is more active in a James Bond-like way.

John Watson has changed, too, as Mrs Hudson predicted on the wedding day: “Marriage changes you”, she told Sherlock, and of course she is right. The couple has to care for their baby daughter while solving crimes together with Sherlock – the two of them against the rest of the world now are  three. And Mary? Well, she is smart and fits perfectly into Sherlock’s world. But you know what’s in the canon.

All in all this episode has anything you could wish for: humour, drama and settings with lots of details that clearly need lots of re watches to deduce all the hidden clues. Benedict Cumberbatch simply is Sherlock, he fits into the belstaff as perfectly as he fits into that iconic role, delivering a brilliant performance in every single second. Martin Freeman’s John Watson as well as Amanda Abbington’s Mary are more than just sidekicks. They are adding new lines to the story that set the path for the still unknown episodes to come. The week till episode 2 feels as long as the hiatus as a whole.

 

 

Hollow Crown, Shakespeare and Benedict Cumberbatch

No, I’m not a Shakespeare expert. Far from that. Although I can imagine that reading his works might be the same challenge for native English speakers as it is for me reading Goethe or Schiller, getting the meaning of Shakespearian English is indeed a challenge. And it doesn’t get easier watching a play live on stage or a film version.

Unless you have a production team and a broadcaster that have the courage to  throw two hours of a 400 years old play on their audience, including lots of artificial blood, mud, ancient buildings and a very fine crew of actors to bring William Shakespeare’s War of the Roses to life. The second series of BBC Two’s Hollow Crown has all this. And it has a Benedict Cumberbatch whose Richard (soon to be King in the third episode of this series) goes all the way from an awkward but still nice ish teenager – his first appearance is all cheerful – to a cruel villain ready to climb on England’s throne, killing everyone in his way. We watch a young man who loves and adores his father who considers himself as rightful heir to the throne, a young man who from the very first scene always stands a bit aside, limping with a stiff leg and a hunchback – and is mocked for this and the fact that his birth apparently wasn’t an easy one, leaving him disabled into a world full of warriors.

“This word ‘love’ (…) be resident in men like one another, and not in me.
I am myself alone.” Henry VI 3, V,6.

As if this isn’t enough to harm a man, Richard is an eye witness when his younger brother is killed. His shock and fear is the audience’s because it is all written in Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance and we know that this is the final reason that turns Richard into the monstrous villain.

“And am I then a man to be belov’d?
O monstrous fault to harbour such a thought.” Henry VI 3, III,2

But it is not a villain that is totally disgusting and appalling. Richard is scaring, thrilling, seductive and – surprisingly enough  – funny and you realise you care for a man who admits all he longs for in the end is his brother’s crown no matter how many men he has to kill to reach that aim. But Richard is not only just bad. He’s a man who feels utterly alone since early childhood, a man who knows that he will not find true love because of his deformities.

If it is true that “Richard III” is one of the most demanding roles for any actor, it’s not for Benedict Cumberbatch. Because he brings every tiny detail of that character to life without any visible effort, leaving his audience speechless in front of the telly (or where ever you have the good fortune to catch this film), realising that you haven’t moved since two hours – except for opening your mouth in disbelief, murmuring “Oh my God” every once in a while and totally forgotten that you are watching a Shakespeare play normally considered as difficult stuff.  We don’t know if  William Shakespeare thought of a special actor when writing his play. But maybe you need a Benedict Cumberbatch to make a villain sexy.

Sherlock und Deutschland

Es ist eines dieser Dinge, das ein ständiges Ärgernis ist, der Satz “Dieses Video ist in Ihrem Land nicht verfügbar.” Nun mag es irgendwo in den Tiefen des Rechts berechtigte Gründe für diese Sperre geben. Unbegreiflich ist es, wenn solche Gründe, die Ausstrahlung einer weltweit populären Sendung wie das Weihnachtsspecial der erfolgreichen BBC-Serie “Sherlock – The Abominable Bride” in Deutschland nicht nur im Fernsehen verhindern. Sondern auch wohl wegen des Erstausstrahlungsrechts der ARD eine zeitnahe Übertragung im Kino verbieten. Denn die deutsche Fassung, wird irgendwann (Vermutungen gehen Richtung Ostern) unter dem Titel “Die abscheuliche Braut” synchronisiert laufen.

Wohlgemerkt: synchronisiert! Keine Zweikanaltonfassung obwohl das technisch gesehen – siehe Arte – keinerlei Probleme machen dürfte, keine OmU-Version in der Mediathek – siehe ZDF und das jüngste Beispiel “The Fall”. Auf Anfragen unter anderem der Fanseite “Sherlock DE” gab es wohl keine Reaktionen. Auf meine E-Mail an die Zuschauerredaktion (siehe Screenshots) mit dem Hinweis darauf, dass echte Fans die Folge sowohl im Kino als auch später im Fernsehen anschauen und es daher sicher nicht zum Verlust von Einschaltquoten kommen würde, verbunden mit der Bitte, die negative Entscheidung doch noch einmal zu überdenken, bekam ich die die lapidare Antwort doch noch einmal zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt nachzufragen. Die Tatsache, dass die Folge am 1. Januar ausgestrahlt werden würde, war der Zuschauerredaktion am 23. Dezember offenbar noch unbekannt.

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

 

 

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

Genauso unbekannt dürfte es offenbar den Veranwortlichen sein, dass Sherlock eine absolute Erfolgsserie ist – eine Tatsache, die noch am Tag danach beim Schreiben dieses Blogeintrags dadurch bestätigt wird, dass der Hashtag #Sherlock in den deutschen Twittertrends ist. Obwohl die BBC hierzulande offiziell nicht empfangbar ist. Was bleibt, ist die vage Hoffnung, dass Zuschauer irgendwann die Originalfassungen im Fernsehen gezeigt bekommen oder dass die BBC als Pay-TV das Licht deutscher Wohnzimmer erblicken wird. Bis dahin bleiben den Fans Livestreams und DVDs/Blurays. Denn wie Sherlock sagt: “You know my methods, John”.

 

Das Titelbild dieses Beitrags ist hier zu finden.

[Update: Laut dieses BBC-Entertainment-Journalisten haben 8,4 Millionen Zuschauer das Special bei der Erstausstrahlung in der BBC angeschaut. In diesen Zahlen sind spätere Aufrufe, etwa in der Mediathek der BBC, dem iPlayer, nicht enthalten.

[Update 5. Januar: Die ARD-Zuschauerredaktion hat mittlerweile auch mit eine Standardantwort geschickt. Auf weitere  Aspekte meiner E-Mail wird gar nicht eingegangen.

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

 

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

Screenshot: Petra Breunig

 

[Update 11. Januar: Die deutsche FanseiteSherlock_DE hat zu diesem Thema  einen offenen Brief and die ARD geschrieben. Er ist hier zu finden.

Sherlock Chronicles – a wonderful treat for a fan

Sherlock Chronicles. Photo: pb

Sherlock Chronicles. Photo: pb

You think you do know everything about BBC’s Sherlock? Think twice, dive into the wonderful book “Sherlock Chronicles” written by Steve Tribe and take a stroll from the very beginning (or even before the beginning itself) to the latest episode so far.

The book is stuffed with all kind of information any Sherlockian needs to know. There are deleted scenes-scripts, behind the scenes pictures and interviews with cast and crew members. But was makes this book outstanding compared to other Sherlock fan books is the reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories. “Holmes from Holmes”, as the writer names it, shows quotes from the canon and how and where Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat used them in one of the episodes. You will always find it baffling to read and realise again how modern Sherlock Holmes is and always has been – and how brilliant all episodes of “Sherlock” are, how carefully they are arranged and how deep their connection to Doyle is.

“Sherlock Chronicles” is a must have book for every fan and a wonderful gift for a Sherlockian dear to your heart.

Steve Tribe: Sherlock Chronicles. BBC books, Penguin Random House, about 16 £/ 22 €.

How are you, Sherlock?

Sherlock’s third series is different. And it must be different considering the fact that Sherlock comes back after two years. Two years in which most of his friends were totally convinced that the only Consulting Detective is dead – and somehow managed to get on with her lives. Especially John Watson whose speech at the graveyard still makes fans cry and who owns Sherlock so much finally finds true love.

“The Sign of Three” concentrates on a marriage but in fact it is all about the friendship between Sherlock and John and how this relationship will go on despite the fact that Mary is about to become John’s wife. And so this second episode of the third season is Sherlock’s episode. The man who always stood at the edge of society, examining and watching but never really getting involved with other people because sentiment for him always has been a chemical defect found in the losing side, realizes that he is a human being.

Made for Benedict Cumberbatch…

How Sherlock gets this conclusion and how he matures is heartbreaking and funny, thrilling and exciting and the best piece of entertainment that possibly could be brought to life on telly. And of course it wouldn’t be possible without the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch who again proves the fact that he is an actor in his own league. Yes, we know that he always is the character he performs and that his own personality vanishes completely. But it seems that Sherlock not only is the role that was made for him. This Sherlock really is Benedict’s one because he gives him all  that he is able to give as a brilliant actor that loves playing a role and all the fun he obviously had on set.

… and Martin Freeman

And of course you feel this fun and devotion by watching an amazing Martin Freeman whose John Watson is far more than just a supporting role. Without his John this series simply wouldn’t work because you can’t imagine that any other sidekick could be able to stand with and against Benedict Cumberbatch. Watching them both together in a series that seems to get better with every new episode is only overshadowed by the fear that they will be far too busy with their now worldwide fame to get along with “Sherlock”.
Still Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have fun with this piece of art  as they say in various interviews and it seems that the writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are already discussing plots for a fourth  series. The fans may rest in peace at least till the last episode of this series airs.

Eine deutsche Version dieses Eintrags gibt es hier.

Sherlock – Better in everything

The cast:  Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), Martin Freeman (John Watson), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Rupert Graves (DI Greg Lestrade), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson). Screenshot:pb/BBC One

Who cares about Christmas when there is a new Sherlock series ahead? And so Christmas maybe wasn’t entirely cancelled but the real and big gift came on New Year’s Day when “The Empty Hearse” finally aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom. It set an end to two years of waiting and wondering how Sherlock survived his fall off the rooftop of St Bart’s, well maybe not really. But this first episode of the third series was epic, thrilling and to say it at least: It was the best Sherlock we ever had on telly.

“Short version: Not dead.”
(Sherlock)

That Sherlock survived his fall, even listened to John’s heartbreaking speech at the grave, was evident from the last scene of “The Reichenbach Fall” that brought the fandom to its knees, set the path for endless discussion of how he did it and how John will react when the reunification finally would take place. That this modern John would not simply swoon, recover, forgive and start his old life with the back from the grave Sherlock Holmes again as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle described it in his books, was clear after all what Sherlock and John had been through and how these characters have been unfolding till now. Both authors, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, made that perfectly clear in various interviews.

The work of a genius

But Mark Gatiss’ version is simply the work of a genius. “The Empty Hearse” has a lot of “more”: more action, more funny scenes, more funny dialogues and a whole bunch of reverences which are not less than an bow to the deeply loyal fans spreading their love on the internet. How John and Sherlock finally meet again, how they slowly and carefully restore their friendship is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and it is not done in an instant.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman prove with their Sherlock and John again that they are brilliant actors able to change expressions within a wink of an eye. We see and breathe that they both do love performing these specific roles and characters and that they had at least the same fun making “Sherlock” as the public watching it. And it is a relieve from the fandom side of view that they –  despite now being household names all over the world – do love this modern Sherlock Holmes so much that they manage to squeeze it into their schedules.

A very special love affair

“Sherlock” seems to be a very special love affair for all of the actors: Mark Gatiss’ Mycroft Holmes is more sarcastic and sophisticated than ever (and of course he is the best dressed employee of Her Majesty). Una Stubbs gives her Mrs Hudson (“Landlady, dear, not the housekeeper!”) all the feels from anger to sadness to overwhelming joy seeing her boys finally together again. Rupert Graves as DI Greg Lestrade and Jonathan Aris as Philipp Anderson got Sherlock back – and somehow the centre of their lives though Anderson has a new special love. Molly Hooper (lovely: Louise Brealey) always has been a trusted friend of Sherlock’s – finally this is made quite clear.

A newbie to the Sherlock family is Mary Mostan, John Watson’s new love, gorgeously played by Amanda Abbington who brings her Mary to life with a lot of dry humour and fun. You trust her being a true and lovely woman for John, helping him getting over the grief Sherlock’s disappearance brought him. It surely will be a delight watching more Mary-John-Sherlock-scenes.

The next episode “The Sign of Three” will be aired on Sunday on BBC One.

You may find the German version of this blog entry here.

Sherlock – Besser denn je

Die Darsteller und Figuren von “The Empty Hearse” (vl): Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), Martin Freeman (John Watson), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Rupert Graves (DI Greg Lestrade), Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson). Screenshot:pb/BBC One

Weihnachten war heute für Fans der Fernsehserie “Sherlock” nicht am 24. Dezember, sondern am 1. Januar. Denn an diesem Abend brachte die britische BBC die lang erwartete dritte Staffel auf den Bildschirm. Wer die erste Folge “The Empty Hearse” sehen konnte (die entsprechenden Möglichkeiten wurden unter den Fans vorher ausgetauscht), erlebte die besten eineinhalb Stunden Unterhaltung, die die Macher bisher produziert haben.

Dass Sherlock Holmes seinen Sturz vom Dach des St-Bart’s-Krankenhaus überlebt hatte, wissen die Zuschauer seit der letzten Szene aus “Der Reichenbachfall”, die hierzulande in der ARD gezeigt wurde. Doch wie hat es der Detektiv geschafft, wer hat ihm geholfen und wie würde die Wiederbegegnung mit John Watson aussehen? Fragen, die seit zwei Jahren unter den Fans akribisch diskutiert wurden und die nicht alle wirklich beantwortet wurden. Ohne aber allzu viel zu verraten: Natürlich würde der moderne John Watson nicht wie in der Vorlage von Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mal eben kurz ohnmächtig werden und sich dann wie selbstverständlich mit Sherlock Holmes in das nächste Abenteuer stürzen. Das haben die beiden Autoren Steven Moffat und Mark Gatiss schon im Vorfeld in verschiedenen Interviews erklärt.

Mehr Action, mehr Witz, mehr Gefühl

Doch was Mark Gatiss, der auch Sherlocks Bruder Mycroft spielt, mit dieser Folge auf den Schirm bringt, ist schlicht genial. “The Empty Hearse” ist schneller, hat mehr Action, aber auch viel Witz,und eine ganze Reihe an Situationskomik, die nicht zuletzt auch durch zahlreiche Anspielungen entsteht, die eine Verbeugung sind vor den Fans, die ihrer Leidenschaft mit allem Herzblut nachgehen. Die Art und Weise wie John und Sherlock wieder zueinander finden, rührt zu Tränen und ist nicht mit einer einfachen Entschuldigung getan. Denn die würde den Charakteren so wie sie sich in den ersten beiden Staffeln entwickelt haben, nicht gerecht.

Benedict Cumberbatch und Martin Freeman beweisen als Sherlock Holmes und John Watson ihre schauspielerische Extraklasse. Dass sie beide mit Leidenschaft bei der Sache sind und mindestens so viel Spaß  bei den Dreharbeiten gehabt haben müssen, wie die Zuschauer vor dem Schirm, spürt man in jeder einzelnen Szene. Nach dem weltweiten Erfolg beider Schauspieler in verschiedenen Filmen* hat der Reiz der modernen und mit viel Liebe zum Original gemachten Adaption der Sherlock-Holmes-Abenteuer offenbar für beide nicht an Reiz verloren.

“Kurz-Version: Nicht tot.”
(Sherlock)

Diesen Reiz übt “Sherlock” auf alle Darsteller aus. Mark Gatiss’ Mycroft Holmes ist sarkastischer und spitzfindiger denn je (gut gekleidet ist er ohnehin). Una Stubbs wechselt als Mrs Hudson von Ärger und Trauer hin zu übersprühender Freude als sie “ihre Jungs” wieder zusammen sieht. Und: Sie ist immer noch die Vermieterin (Nicht die Haushälterin!).
Rupert Graves als Inspektor Greg Lestrade und Jonathan Aris als Forensiker Philipp Anderson (der eine überraschende neue Leidenschaft entwickelt hat) haben mit der Rückkehr Sherlocks ihren Lebensmittelpunkt wieder gefunden. Dass Molly Hooper (liebenswert: Louise Brealey) schon immer eine wichtige Stütze für Sherlock war, wird endlich ganz deutlich.
Neu in der Sherlock-Familie ist Mary Mostan, die neue Frau an der Seite von John Watson, hinreißend trocken und witzig gespielt von Amanda Abbington, der man ohne Bedenken abnimmt, dass sie John nach dem vermeintlichen Tod Sherlocks eine liebevolle Stütze ist. Dass sie und Martin Freeman seit vielen Jahren ein Paar sind, sei nur der Vollständigkeit halber hinzugefügt.

Wem die Zeit bis zur deutschen Ausstrahlung in der ARD, die wohl für Mai/Juni geplant ist, zu lang wird, dem seien die DVDs der ersten beiden Serien empfohlen. Die der dritten Staffel ist im Original bereits erschienen. Sie hat weder eine deutsche Tonspur, noch deutsche Untertitel! Die synchronisierte Version ist vorbestellbar.
[Update: Die erste Folge der dritten Staffel “Der leere Sarg” strahlt die ARD am 29. Mai aus ]

Benedict Cumberbatch war im vergangenen Jahr in “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, “Inside Wikileaks” im Kino zu sehen. Für 2014 stehen die Starts von “12 Years A Slave” (Januar), “August: Osange County” (März) und “Imitation Game” (wohl Ende 2014) an.
Martin Freeman ist gerade als Bilbo Beutlin im zweiten Teil von “Der Hobbit” in den deutschen Kinos, Benedict Cumberbatch gibt  dem Drachen Smaug im englischen Original seine Stimme, in der deutschen Synchronisation sehen die Zuschauer aber immerhin seine Animation des riesigen Ungeheuers. Martin Freeman war außerdem im ersten Teil von “Der Hobbit”  (2012), “World’s End (2013) im Kino zu sehen. In diesem Frühjahr ist ein TV-Remake des Kinofilms “Fargo” geplant.
[Update: “Fargo” läuft in den USA und Großbritannien momentan als Fernsehserie]

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